Matthew (4) died from inhaling cinnamon

Matthew (4) died from inhaling cinnamon
An innocent game in the kitchen turned fatal when little Matthew Rader (4) wanted to taste her mother's cinnamon.

Just a little over an hour later he was pronounced dead. Now Matthews mother, Brianna Rader, warns other parents, writes British Mirror.

- It was as if he had a seizure and then just collapsed. People must know that cinnamon can kill, says Brianna.

The mother is devastated by the tragic loss of her 4 year old son.

- I struggle to get through the day, says Brianna Rader.

The 4-year-old was playing in the kitchen when he found a box with cinnamon in the kitchen cupboard. After having ingested unknown quantities of the spice, he choked and he collapsed on the kitchen floor.

The boy was taken to hospital in a hurry, but his life could not be saved. The accident happened on June 3 this year, in the US state of Kentucky.

Doctors have confirmed that the death was an accident and says that inhalation of cinnamon can lead to suffocation.

Although Matthews death is not related to "The Cinnamon Challenge," the mother warns others against the popular challenge.

The Cinnamon challenge is to swallow a spoonful of cinnamon within one minute, without drinking any liquid. The challenge went viral on social media in 2011.

- Cinnamon can kill. All these kids are doing the cinnamon challenge, and they do not think about the fact that it may harm them, says Rader.

Also US pediatricians warn against participating in the challenge. In a study from 2013 it emerged that 30 people had medical attention because of the challenge.

- If you try to swallow a tablespoon of cinnamon without water, it will almost always cause a choking reaction. When you breathe in, cinnamon powder covers airways and become lodged in the lungs. Cinnamon consist mainly of cellulose, which is not broken down in the lungs, and it has proven to create permanent tissue changes that can reduce lung function.

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